Conflict-Hit Ethiopia Set To Exit U.S. Trade Pact Despite Late Push

Conflict-Hit Ethiopia Set To Exit U.S. Trade Pact Despite Late Push

Andrew H. Sweet

The Ethiopian government has lobbied hard against the move. It estimates that one million jobs have been supported directly or indirectly by the 2000 law, which grants duty-free access for most goods.

The Senate and House subcommittees on Africa both urged Biden in a letter to reconsider the "abrupt" move, saying that a recent rebel retreat provided an opening for diplomacy.

The United States and the United Nations and rights groups say the Ethiopian government has deliberately hindered aid delivery to northern regions where millions face famine-like conditions.

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